Cabinet knobs can be expensive. At places like Anthropologie or Top Knobs they can range anywhere from $6 — $25. If you have a dresser with six knobs you are shelling out some big bucks just for hardware. I want to show you a way you can create beautiful unique cabinet knobs.
You can make custom and unique knobs at home for a fraction of the price. With this process I am going to show you, they look like they are ceramic because of the bright glossy shine the Envirotex Lite gives it.
Whether for your bathroom vanity, new drawer pulls, doorknobs, door handles, anything can be customized and crafted to your liking. As long as you are a crafty gal like I am 😉
- Wooden Knobs
- Mod Podge
- Envirotex Lite
- Throw away brush
- Stir Stick or Popsicle Stick
- Throw away cup
- Blue Painters Tape
- Tissue Paper
The original inspiration for my knobs came from the Lucky Number Knob from Anthropologie.
I thought it would be fun to make my own knobs with my house number on it.
How To make your Own Unique Cabinet Knobs
Step 1 – Prime and Paint
I primered and painted my knobs a gloss white and let them dry.
Step 2 – Printing
Next I cut out a piece of tissue paper and taped it to a piece of printer paper using blue painters’ tape.
Using the font Ecuyer Dax I typed out my “No. 821” in my word processing program.
I ran it through my printer and my words typed out onto the tissue paper.
Step 3 – Color
I then taped off my knobs to spray half of it another color.
Here I used Krylon Ocean Breeze for the bottom half.
Step 4 – Mod Podge
I cut out the numbered tissue paper and put a coat of Mod Podge over the top of my knob.
Make sure to press the tissue paper in place to push the creases out. It is impossible to get all the creases out because of the domed surface (I just did my best).
Step 5 – Cut Off Excess Paper
Cut off the excess tissue paper with tiny sharp scissors.
Layer to top of the tissue paper with Mod Podge pressing the edges down smooth.
Make sure all edges and tissue paper are sealed with Mod Podge.
Step 6 – Envirotex Lite
Mix up some Envirotex Lite according to directions.
MAKE SURE TO READ THE ENTIRE DIRECTIONS if you have never used this stuff before.
It is not a product you can just wing and get beautiful results.
Step 7 – Finish
With a throw away brush I “painted” the Envirotex Lite on over my sealed Mod Podged knob.
The Envirotex Lite when cured gives it a hard, glass like durable finish.
The reason I chose to use this product rather than a spray sealer is because how much use it will get.
The Envirotex Lite will hold up all the abuse these knobs will get.
(Below is one without the two tones of paint…doesn’t it look like ceramic!)
I ended up putting them on my bifold doors in my front hallway.
What is the trend in door knobs in 2023?
So, in 2023, when it comes to door knobs, you’ve got some seriously cool choices. Matte black, sage green, polished brass, and aged brass metal finishes. These are the hot picks right now, and they’re giving all the doors a makeover.
Now, polished brass is making a comeback, from old-school homes to super modern ones. It’s all about that high-shine glam.
But wait, there’s more. Matte black is like that classic hit song that never gets old. It’s been rocking the scene since 2022, and guess what? It’s still the life of the party in 2023. People love using matte black to add that defining touch to their rooms. It’s like the bassline in a killer tune – it grounds your whole color scheme.
Which is better knobs or pulls?
The choice between knobs and pulls for your cabinets, drawers, or doors largely depends on your personal preferences, the style of your space, and the functionality you desire. There is no definitive “better” option, as both knobs and pulls have their advantages and are suitable for different situations.
What kind of cabinet hardware is in style?
Here’s a list of some current trends for kitchen hardware.
- Jewelry-Like Hardware: Designers are incorporating solid brass pulls with organic shapes, inspired by jewelry design, to add texture and elegance to kitchen spaces.
- Cabinet Contrast: Emphasis is placed on choosing cabinet pulls that complement the room’s style and functionality. Mixing and matching handles between cabinets is a creative way to create visual interest.
- Rounded Edges: Custom-designed oak and brass handles with rounded shapes are being used to balance the hard lines and surfaces in kitchens, showcasing the impact of thoughtful hardware choices.
- Exposed Hinges: Exposed hinges are turning utilitarian elements into sculptural accents, adding a touch of glamour to kitchen spaces. They are particularly effective in contrasting against dark cabinet colors.
- Supersized Handles: Large custom-made handles are being used on floor-to-ceiling cupboards, creating visual balance and complementing the overall design of kitchens.
- Mixed and Matched: Kitchens are embracing variety in hardware styles, mixing handles, ring pulls, and knobs, as long as there is uniformity in the metal finish, creating a cohesive yet dynamic look.
These trends reflect a growing emphasis on the aesthetics and functionality of kitchen hardware, with designers incorporating a wide range of styles and materials to create distinctive and visually appealing kitchen spaces.
ETI sent me this product to try out. Envirotex Lite was created by Environmental Technologies Inc. (ETI), which is the home for many resin and mold making products.
Today, artists are using ETI’s products in many crafty ways and they will be showcasing these works of art on their new blog “Resin Crafts”.